Donald Trump once had a bestselling book called “The Art of the Deal,” which was his explanation of how he became a successful businessman. Like most business books, “The Art of the Deal” was written by ghostwriter. Now that ghostwriter, Tony Schwartz, is discussing the process of writing the book and why he now regrets his involvement.
Angry and Lying Toddler
Schwartz was an unemployed writer with a pregnant wife when he agreed to take on the Trump book. To write the book, Schwartz shadowed Trump for 18 months, during which time he had an almost unprecedented look at the now-Republican nominee for president. What he observed is shocking but not surprising. Schwartz said Trump was often angry and threw tantrums like a toddler. He also had no problem lying to everyone he came into contact with.
“‘I put lipstick on a pig,’ Schwartz explained:
I feel a deep sense of remorse that I contributed to presenting Trump in a way that brought him wider attention and made him more appealing than he is. I genuinely believe that if Trump wins and gets the nuclear codes there is an excellent possibility it will lead to the end of civilization.
Despite the proof that Schwartz wrote the book – he still receives royalties, which he now donates to charity – Trump denies Schwartz’s involvement, stating he wrote every word himself.
Schwartz told the New Yorker that Trump was pathological. He observed Trump utterly unable to concentrate even in small amounts of time. “It’s implicit in a lot of what people write, but it’s never explicit—or, at least, I haven’t seen it. And that is that it’s impossible to keep him focussed on any topic, other than his own self-aggrandizement, for more than a few minutes, and even then . . . ”
Obviously Schwartz has some reservations about such a person’s ability to be a calm or steady presence in tense or dangerous situations.
Unable to Concentrate
Other issues have been raised about Trump’s motivations. Schwartz said Trump had no real agenda or ideology other than himself. However, his ex-wife Ivana said Trump had a copy f the speeches of Adolf Hitler right next to the bed. Her account was seconded by a friend named Marty Davis, who once told reporters he had given Trump the book.
Schwartz told The New Yorker that when Trump was caught in a lie, he would double down on it and then grow even more angry and belligerent. This behavior has been on display throughout the election and can be verified by checking Trump’s Twitter account.
Schwartz also said Trump’s goals were to gain fame, money and attention. The more attention he got, the more insatiable he became. The best option for him now, thirty years later, is to run for president, which allows him to gain maximum attention. Schwartz said he regrets making the book a kind of fairy tale.